I'm still not sure what the central narrative has been this race week. Danica Patrick needs to crash less. Dale Earnhardt Jr. is less like other drivers than he would have been a decade ago. A rainy day notebook.
It's the annual drama that is Daytona. Jeff MacGregor is on board to chronicle the spectacle from the buildup and aftermath of the "Great American Race."
Maybe Danica Patrick's move into a full-time NASCAR gig will be a step forward for gender equity. Maybe racing fans won't see it that way. And maybe neither expectation is fair.
The biggest star in NASCAR has been dead 10 years. I never met Dale Earnhardt, but I know his ghost. So do you.
The Daytona 500 was bigger and sexier than ever. But that wasn't just a pothole that delayed the race. That was a NASCAR metaphor.